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Khimki tabs Kemzura as new coach
Jan 25, 2007
Khimki has found a new boss in Kestutis Kemzura, who will coach the team for the remainder of the season. Kemzura replaces Russell Bergman and is the third coach Khimki had this season, as Sergei Elevitch left the club earlier this month. Kemzura, age 36, arrives from Benetton Treviso, to which he arrived in summer 2005 and became David Blatt's assistant coach through one and a half season. Both Blatt and Kemzura also worked together with Dynamo St. Petersburg in the 2004-05 season. Kemzura also started the 2002-03 season as Lietuvos Rytas' assistant coach but became the team boss in January 2004. He helped Rytas to make it to consecutive Lithuanian League finals in 2003 and 2004, won the Fiba Europe league trophy with St. Petersburg in 2005 and also helped Benetton to win the Italian League title last season. Kemzura also played for Atletas Kaunas, Silute, Rytas and Panevezys in Lithuania, as well as for Swans Gmunden in Austria, in his eight-season career between 1993 and 2001.